It is incredible that we have arrived in May! Later this month the next tour of our projects will begin with stops in Nyangombe, Lusaka and Chipata. The trip will afford visits with our project partners Charles Kafweta, Gordon and Sybil MacKillop as well as Geoff and Martha Muvumbo. We are also looking forward to spending some time at the Quarry School with Violet Simalonda.
This month’s calendar image is two sisters, orphans, who live in a village near the Nyangombe settlement. Supported by donations to Project HOPE, the girls are able to attend school and have basic resources provided. Their beautiful smiles mask the reality of their circumstances, no family, little comfort and day to day challenges to survive. But, the care and compassion of the community care teams at Nyangombe and the financial support of Project HOPE, means they have a future filled with hope.
Please think creatively about how you can help us care for more vulnerable orphans in this part of the world. Your financial gift can make all the difference in the life of a child!
Families of elephant are readily seen in the South Luangwa National Park. With many predators also constantly lurking, looking for their next meal, the protection of infant elephants keeps the adults busy. This month’s image features one carefree baby elephant enjoying a playful afternoon. What the photograph does not show is the ring of mature elephants keeping a close eye on this little one. An opportunistic lion or pack of hyena would have their hands full if they tried to take the baby.
Such images are beautiful and amazing. Seeing these majestic creatures in their natural habitat while struggling to forage for food and protect themselves is a reminder of the daily struggle of our vulnerable widows and orphans. The delicate balance between life and death is a reality each day.